The Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3) was adopted by the Montana legislature through SB203 which resulted in 20-1-230 & 20-1-231 MCA.   MIC3's purpose is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families.  Through the Interstate Compact key educational transition issues encountered by children of military families are addressed.

The National Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission has more information about each state's councils.

Military Connected Students Map Oct. 2018

Military Connected Students in Montana

TOTAL - 1,348 students


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The Montana Office of Public Instruction and the Montana Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission is accepting Purple Star School Designation applications for Round 1 from August 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020. Award recipients will be announced on November 30, 2020.

The Purple Star School Designation for military-friendly schools recognizes the schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display onsite in honor of students of Military families. This designation is for three years.

Purple Star Designation Rules

Purple Star Designation Application



Meetings and Materials:


April 14, 2020 - Helena, MT
July 14, 2020 - Zoom Meeting
November 10, 2020 - Helena, MT
Agenda  DRAFT Minutes





Previous Meetings & Materials:

2019 Meetings & Materials

May 28, 2019 - Great Falls, MT
Agenda     Minutes
December 3, 2019 - Phone Conference 
Agenda     Minutes

2018 Meetings & Materials

May 16, 2018 - Helena, MT
August 10, 2018 - Great Falls, MT
Agenda     Minutes
October 23, 2018 - Phone Conference
Agenda     Minutes


BG (R) Hal Stearns - Compact Commissioner

State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen - Office of Public Instruction

Executive Director Mark Beckman - Montana High School Association

Captain Michelle Bogden - Service Member & Family Support Branch Chief, National Guard

Representative Ed Buttrey

Lisa Sapp - Child & Youth Education Services School Liaison, Malmstrom Air Force Base

Superintendent Tom Moore - Great Falls Public Schools

Contact Us

For more information please contact Hal Stearns or Christy Perryman.

Primary Point of Contact:

BG (R) Hal Stearns, Compact Commissioner






Secondary Point of Contact:

Virginia Díaz, Administrative Clerk - Office of Public Instruction